MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police officers and other emergency responders plucked a man from the rain-swollen Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

Sgt. Catherine Michal says the man, who is in his early 20s, was perilously close to being washed down the river Wednesday night until rescuers pulled him to safety. He was holding onto a rope when the first responders arrived.

Michal says the man and a friend were exploring near a storm drain that empties into the river, close to the University of Minnesota, when the water suddenly came up on him.

She says the current was so strong, it ripped some of his clothes off. Michal says the man was grateful he didn't get swept away, but he's feeling a little sheepish about the incident and is unwilling to be identified.